Saturday, October 3, 2009

Director of Collection Development and Scholarly Communication

The University of Miami Libraries seeks applications and nominations for the position of Director of Collection Development and Scholarly Communication. Reporting to the Dean and University Librarian, leads the collection development and scholarly communications activities at the University of Miami Libraries using a panoramic vision of the possibilities for research, scholarly communication, and collection development in this dynamic time of change.

THE UNIVERSITY: The University of Miami is one of the nation’s leading research universities in a community of extraordinary diversity and international vitality.

The University
THE LIBRARY: The University of Miami Libraries ( rank among the top 50 research libraries in North America with a collection of is privately supported, non-sectarian institution, located in Coral Gables, Florida, on a 260-acre subtropical campus. The University comprises 11 degree granting schools and colleges, including Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Communication, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Music, Nursing, and Marine and Atmospheric Science (
over 3 million volumes, 74,000 current serials, and over 64,000 E-journal titles. The Otto G. Richter Library lies in the heart of the Coral Gables campus and serves as the central library for the University. Other University of Miami libraries include the Paul Buisson Architecture Library, the Judi Prokop Newman Business Information Resource Center, and the Marta & Austin Weeks Music Library, and the Marine and Atmospheric Science Library. The campus also has independent medical and law libraries. The Libraries provide support and services for approximately 10,100 undergraduates, 5,100 graduate students, and 10,000 full and part time faculty and staff. The Libraries have a staff of 37 Librarians and 86 support staff and are a member of ARL, ASERL, CLIR, NERL, RLG, and Lyrasis.
For more information regarding the Libraries collections, visit

POSITION: Reporting to the Dean and University Librarian, the Director of Collection Development and Scholarly Communication is responsible for policy creation and the enhancement, evaluation, promotion, and management of all print, electronic and media information resources. The Director will negotiate major vendor licenses for electronic resources and effectively administer a collections budget that has grown steadily in recent years. Critical management talents include leadership for the Libraries’ collection development activities, in-depth collection analysis skill, preservation acumen, and a facility for cross-departmental communication. The ideal candidate will use creative vision and talent for outreach to lead scholarly communication and digital publishing efforts while reporting on trends and issues to the Libraries and the University community. The successful candidate will work to become an integral member of the University of Miami community, to ensure that the Libraries’ information resources enhance and support the teaching, learning and research of the University and align with the University’s strategic directions. This person will originate new models of collection development and preservation with respect to both the Libraries’ general and Special Collections. The Director’s aptitude for outreach will benefit the Libraries in advancing donor relations, promoting fund-raising efforts, and providing direction for future donor collections and gifts.

QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree from an ALA accredited program or its foreign equivalent, or a Ph.D. with appropriate library experience; a second masters or other advanced degree highly desirable, five years experience in an academic or research library with responsibilities in the areas of collection development or senior library management; comprehensive understanding of the contemporary academic publishing issues and practices including trends in scholarly communications, copyright and rights management; demonstrated record of leadership and effective engagement with faculty, strong intellectual curiosity, creativity, and initiative; knowledge of the historical and current trends and practices in scholarly publishing in a variety of academic disciplines and experience and/or knowledge of current digital collection management practices; management and budgetary experience, including budget preparation, allocation, projection, and analysis; strong organizational, analytical, and oral and written communication skills; evidence of ability to effectively mentor professionals and facilitate the work of others; experience with digital collection management practices; and a record of professional contributions.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications of the person selected. This is a non-tenure track twelve-month appointment at the Associate, or Professor rank. The position offers a comprehensive benefits package including: paid pension plan; partially paid medical and dental insurance plans; life, disability, and long-term care insurance available; tuition remission; 13 paid holidays; and 22 days annual vacation. Additional employment benefits available include credit union; Employee Assistance Program; bookstore, and sporting event discounts; optional fee-based membership in a state-of-the-art wellness center, moving allowance, and no state or local income taxes. More information on benefits can be found at:

APPLICATIONS: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications and nominations will be accepted until a suitable candidate is selected. Applications should be submitted electronically and must include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and the names of three references. The references will not be contacted before the appropriate time. Send nominations and applications to:

Marylen Exposito, Human Resources Manager
Otto G. Richter Library
University of Miami
P.O. Box 248214
Coral Gables, FL 33124-0320
fax: 305-284-3913

The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. The University has a strong commitment to diversity and encourages applications from candidates of diverse cultural backgrounds.

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